Mexico is one of the most interesting countries that you will find on the world map. It has been home to one of the most ancient civilizations on the face of the earth, and today it is one of the most technically advanced and modernized nations in the world while retaining its unique mix of indigenous and colonial cultures. Mexican food, clothing and culture is popular all over the world.
Mexico is the 13th largest country in the world by area. It shares its highly publicized northern border with the American states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Towards the southeast, Mexico is bordered by Belize and Guatemala. It is flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Gulf of Mexico which opens up to the Caribbean sea to the east. It has a long history which spans from ancient indigenous civilizations, conquest and colonization and two struggles for independence. As a destination to explore, it offers everything from a metropolitan skyline to ancient stone pyramids.The following article gives a general idea about Mexico while also providing must-now information that one must know before heading to Mexico. It will help you plan your trip to Mexico in a well-informed manner.
Mexico is a vast country, flanked by the sea on the east and west. It also serves as the landmass lying between the two continents of North and South America. Due to its unique and diverse geographical features, which include vast tropical plains, endless coastlines and the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, Mexico exhibits a range of cultural and biodiversity. Because of the variety of ecosystems and species that call it a home, Mexico has been termed megadiverse. It contains the most number of reptile species in the world, while ranking second in mammal and fourth in amphibian and vascular plant biodiversity.
The capital and most populated city of Mexico is Mexico City, which is located in the centrally situated Valley of Mexico. Other metropolises in the country include Guadalajara, Leon, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca and Tijuana. The National Language is Spanish, but apart from that there are more than 68 officially recognized languages within Mexico. Mexico city and Cancun are the two busiest airports in the country. Mexico is also accessible by road from the USA.
Mexican cuisine is one of the most unique in the world, reflecting a mix of cultural influences. Apart from the ever popular tacos and burritos, there are other more exotic dishes like barbacoa, chalupas, cabrito and machaca.
The tropic of Cancer cuts through Mexico into two parts, dividing the country into tropical and temperate zones. As a result, the coastal parts of Mexico remain hot and humid throughout the summer, while the interiors rise up in altitude and therefore become cooler. There are two main seasons in Mexico - rainy and dry. The rainy season lasts from June to September while the warmest month is May. The annual average temperature of Mexico City is 18 degrees Celsius.
Mexico is a large country and the ideal time to visit particular locations varies according to the specifics, but December to April is considered optimum time to visit overall. This is when Mexico experiences virtually no rainfall and the highland parts of the country have a pleasant winter.
Cancun is the most visited resort area in Mexico, located on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Cancun boasts of a Caribbean coastline that stretches along the azure sea, and a range of establishments that cater to provide a luxurious beachside experience. On top of all that, there is also the presence of the Mayan archeological ruins in the proximity that make Cancun a must-see destination in Mexico.
Acapulco is a mix of a colonial city and a beachside town, which adds to its special character. Located on the Pacific coastline, Acapulco is known for its nightlife and beach parties, and is a popular spring break destination.
Guadalajara is the birthplace of Mariachi music and tequila, both of which are good enough reasons to pay a visit. It is also a culturally rich town with centuries old monuments dotting the landscape, like the Teatro Degollado and Palacio del Gobierno.
Cabo San Lucas. Photo by Karen
The two cities of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are special for their surreal beauty. Known as the ‘Land’s end’ since it is located at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, this region is a breathtaking mix of sea, desert and mountains.
Guanajuato City is the capital of Guanajuato state. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known all over the world for its baroque and neoclassical architecture.
The Bahias de Huatulco occupy about 35 km coastline along Mexico’s Pacific coast. The region is made up of nine bays, each offering excellent spots for diving and snorkeling, with natural coral reef formations, exotic fish species and calm blue waters.
Mexico is one of the best places to visit on your holiday and the incredible mix of culture, food, relaxation and views here are unmatched. Take a trip here this year and immerse yourself in the land of music and art, war and drama, food and drink and a myriad other reasons.